York Rooms Building Programme

Photo 1Discussions about building a second extension to St John's Church began in 2000, this time on the north side to provide a large room capable of division into three smaller rooms, for activities in addition to worship.

The appeal for funds was launched by a very generous bequest from Mrs Phyllis York. She and her husband Len (at one time Churchwarden), were very committed members of this congregation and PCC for many years.  Many other donations were given and many fund raising events organised.

After much deliberation, consultation and prayer, work began in May 2009. The building was commissioned by the Parochial Church Council, designed by Daniel Forshaw, Design & Conservation Architects and built by Kier Wallis, not only to be in keeping with the original church building, but to be flexible and useful for generations to come.

 St John's is very grateful for the vision, hard work, commitment and generosity of all those from the church and from the local community who  contributed to bringing the project to fruition and in particular to Mr Frank Hutchings, Chairman of the Extension Committee.
 
This was a new beginning for St John's and it was hoped The York Rooms would be well-used. There are now many possibilities for their use, including activities not previously possible for lack of space. We think it has been proved that both the church and the community have benefited from these improved facilities.

On 21st March 2010 The York Rooms were opened and dedicated by Nicholas, Bishop of Croydon. 

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